International Truck customers who may have damaged or even destroyed vehicles as a result of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the U.S. East Coast at the end of November now have help in getting their business back off the ground.

Navistar International has launched Operation Assist, a disaster relief program to help International Truck customers find new or used vehicles to replace those damaged in the stormy.

Through Operation Assist, Navistar is coordinating with its International Truck North American dealer network and International Used Truck Centers to help customers. In addition to quickly replacing damaged vehicles, Navistar will match employee and dealer contributions up to $50,000 to the American Red Cross.

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“We are proud to join the thousands of companies that are doing their part to offer hope to people whose lives have been devastated,” said Troy Clarke, Navistar president & COO.

Navistar has lists of available new and used International trucks and trailer inventory from its dealer network. Dealers across the country are working together to provide access to the variety of trucks needed to aid customers in the region, Navistar said.

“We created Operation Assist to facilitate trades among dealers and speed the process of getting needed trucks to the region. We’re trying to get our customers back in operation as quickly as possible,” said Jeff Ordner, director, International Fleet Sales, Northeast Region.

IC Bus, a Navistar company, has already delivered an order of 100 school buses to Amvoy School Bus, Staten Island, NY, in an effort to quickly restore school bus service for children.

Navistar’s Idealease truck leasing program has thousands of International trucks with titles and leases in its inventory across the country, which can be quickly deployed to customers on the East Coast.

“A lot of our customers still don’t know what they have or don’t have. So, we are getting trucks ready with different kinds of bodies and trying to figure out how quickly we can get things out there to help,” said Mike McMahon, vice president, Used Truck Sales, Navistar.  “If people come to us and need help, we will figure out how to help them. In times like these, it’s about more than business. We want to do the right thing.”